Governance

GOVERNANCE

Jens Glaso

Chief Executive Officer and Founder since 2015

  • Born in 1971
  • Award winning entrepreneur and founder of several companies
  • Stock broker, trader and financial advisor for wealthy individuals and former executive vice president for Optimum ASA
  • Founded TrustBuddy in 2009. Under his management TrustBuddy became the world’s biggest Peer-to-Peer(P2P) provider of short-term loans, the most diversified Crowdfunding company and the first publicly traded P2P company globally, on NASDAQ OMX First North (2011)
  • Jens is a member of the Executive Board of The European Crowdfunding Network AISBL(ECN), a professional network promoting adequate transparency, regulation and governance
  • For SPENN Technology A/S shareholding, please see list of top shareholders here

Bård Bjerkås

Chief Legal Officer & Co-founder since 2015

  • Born in 1971
  • Lawyer graduated from university of Oslo, Norway
  • Founding member of several IT and real estate companies
  • Worked in finance since he graduated as a lawyer
  • Regulatory expert in international finance and tech
  • Former CLO and CFO in TrustBuddy
  • For SPENN Technology A/S shareholding, please see list of top shareholders here

Magne Fretheim

Chief Technology Officer & Board Member since 2021, also as CTO in Blockbonds AS since 2015

  • Born in 1974
  • In 1996 obtained a Bachelor degree in Engineering (IT), Høgskolen i Gjøvik, Norway
  • More than 20 years of experience within IT, working within sectors such as banking and telecoms
  • Strong knowledge of database systems, outsourcing, insourcing and IT operations. Worked extensively with distributed teams
  • Broad experience from regulatory tech discussions
  • Member of The European Crowdfunding Network’s Blockchain Working Group
  • Not an independent board member
  • For SPENN Technology A/S shareholding, please see list of top shareholders here

Staffan Herbst

Chief Financial Officer since 2018

  • Born in 1983
  • MSc Industrial Management and Engineering from Lund University, Sweden
  • Performance-driven and multilingual finance professional with diversified experience in investment banking and risk management working at financial institutions such as UBS, Vontobel and Credit Suisse
  • Solid knowledge of financial management with a broad sector and product knowledge. Vast experience of credit analysis and risk management across asset classes such as handling of foreign exchange risk and credit counterparty risk
  • For SPENN Technology A/S shareholding, please see list of top shareholders here.

Karl-Anders Gronland

Chairman of the Board of Directors since 2021, non-executive

  • Born in 1970
  • In 1995 graduated as Cand.Jur from the University of Oslo (Law), as the best student of the year
  • Lawyer and partner at SBG Storløkken AS, former judge
  • Additional education in economics (Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration)
  • Former secretary for the Norwegian Public Limited Liabilities Companies Act Commission that submitted its report to the new Norwegian Public Limited Liabilities Companies Act, NOU 1996:3
  • Author of several books and articles on legal matters
  • He is on the board of 13 companies, of which he is the chairman in ten
  • For SPENN Technology A/S shareholding, please see list of top shareholders here

Adiam Negassie

Board Member since 2021, non-executive

  • Born in 1981
  • Holds a degree in Computer Engineering
  • More than 15 years’ experience from the oil & gas and IT industry, with extensive experience in operations, business development and strategy
  • Held various positions within project management, business development and management, including project manager and tender manager of engineering projects (EPC) in a large oil & gas company
  • Successfully built the APAC division of a large Norwegian IT company in Malaysia, where she served as CEO
  • Passionate about sustainable technologies and is currently serving as a business development director for a waste to energy company
  • For SPENN Technology A/S shareholding, please see list of top shareholders here

Jan F. Andersen

Board Member since 2016, non-executive

  • Born in 1967
  • Master of Science degree in Economics and Business Administration, MSc (Econ) from Copenhagen Business School in 1992 and certificate of IAA
  • Experience within management, business development, operation, finance and investment in digital and internet-based software, financial, consultancy and media companies
  • Co-founder of Adpepper Media International N.V., which was listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and member of its Board of Directors for 11 years
  • Co-founder of the investment company, DK Trends Invest A/S, which was listed on the Copenhagen Stock Exchange in 2007 and director therein between 2007-2011
  • Holds various positions within the SPENN Technology A/S subsidiaries; CPH Crypto A/S, Netposten A/S and NPinvestor Fondsmæglerselskab A/S
  • Not an independent board member
  • For SPENN Technology A/S shareholding, please see list of top shareholders here

Petrus Johannes Van der Walt

Board member since 2021, non-executive

  • Born in 1960
  • B.Comm & Honns. B.Acc.& M.Comm., North-West University
  • Executive Master’s Degree in Social Science - HEC School of Management, Paris
  • Chartered Accountant (SA) Public Accountants and Auditor’s Board
  • Experienced banking executive and community developer with an extensive career at top-level positions at various banks in South Africa and Zambia
  • From 2018 served as an Executive Consultant and later CEO of Cavmont Bank Ltd in Zambia
  • Expert in corporate leadership and the areas of operational and commercial banking, deep understanding of the importance of financial inclusion for low-income communities
  • An independent board member
  • For SPENN Technology A/S shareholding, please see list of top shareholders here

Magne Fretheim

Chief Technology Officer & Board Member since 2021, also as CTO in Blockbonds AS since 2015

  • Born in 1974
  • In 1996 obtained a Bachelor degree in Engineering (IT), Høgskolen i Gjøvik, Norway
  • More than 20 years of experience within IT, working within sectors such as banking and telecoms
  • Strong knowledge of database systems, outsourcing, insourcing and IT operations. Worked extensively with distributed teams
  • Broad experience from regulatory tech discussions
  • Member of The European Crowdfunding Network’s Blockchain Working Group
  • Not an independent board member
  • For SPENN Technology A/S shareholding, please see list of top shareholders here

Jan Roger Olsen

Strategic Advisor

Kurt Mosvold

Strategic Advisor

Dave Chapman

Executive Director of BC Group and Chairman of OSL

Hugh Madden

Executive Director and CEO of BC Group

Ken Lo

Executive Director of BC Group and Chairman of BC Group

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